Polish, Portuguese FMs in Lisbon discuss economic ties, EU budget

Friday talks between Czaputowicz and Santos Silva also focused on the development of economic relations between Poland and Portugal. Rodrigo Antunes/PAP/EPA

Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz paid a Friday visit to Lisbon where he met with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva to conclude that the two countries have many common political goals, including those related to the next EU budget

Both countries are striving to avoid cuts in the budget of the EU's cohesion and agricultural policies, Czaputowicz said after the meeting, adding that the commissioners responsible for these issues in the European Commission come from Poland and Portugal.

The Polish foreign minister also said that both governments are seeking to strengthen NATO structures, to extend the EU to the Western Balkan countries, and to maintain the closest possible relations with Great Britain after Brexit.

Friday talks between Czaputowicz and Santos Silva also focused on the development of economic relations between Poland and Portugal. According to the Polish foreign minister, more than 1,500 Portuguese companies are exporting their products to the Polish market.

Santos Silva told PAP that, in his opinion, economic ties between the two countries are very good, and "the strongest point" of Portuguese-Polish cooperation.

The Friday talks between the Polish and Portuguese foreign ministers, the first such in six years, were held at Lisbon's initiative.

According to Czaputowicz, a visit to Poland by Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa should be expected in the near future.